Category Archives: Bracelet

Handmade Toggle GiveAway Draw

I have a passion for handmade findings, I started making my own many years ago because I felt that the commercial ones available let my designs down.

This is my latest – Hammered sterling silver toggle clasp.

Handmade silver toggle clasp artisan

Handmade Sterling Silver Toggle – £11

It starts off as a sheet of silver, I punch out the circles, sand the edges and give it a hammered texture.  The toggle bar is made by balling the end of a piece of silver wire, forming the toggle and giving the ends a gentle curve.

Here’s the toggle on a bracelet of faceted amazonite.artisan toggle clasp sterling silver handmade

GIVEAWAY – I’m running a give away on my website (ends Friday 3rd April 2015), just click on either of the images for details on how to enter the draw.

This is the first of a series of new toggle clasps, follow my blog or like my FB page to be the first to hear about the next one.

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Students Work & A Lampshade Dog

Students Work
We’ve been super busy with workshops recently and as always I am so impressed with the beautiful jewellery our students produce.   Here are some of the group photos with links to the FaceBook album where you can see the photos individually.

Shona – Introduction to Silversmithing – July 2014
silversmithing workshop in france la vidalerie
It was Shona’s first visit to La Vidalerie, she chose a one to one workshop incorporating a silversmithing taster, wire work and stringing.  She made some gorgeous silver studs & stacker rings as well as learning how to make wire wrapped loops and stringing.

Handmade earring - jewellery making class La Vidalerie
And these lovely earrings Shona made with lampwork beads by Trudi at Glitteringprize (click on the image for Trudi’s Etsy shop).

Laura – Riveting, Chainmail and Wirework – July 2014
We were so pleased to have Laura back for her 3rd visit,  she felt that she needed a creative break and chose a one to one workshop having the cottage to herself –

one to one jewellery making tuition holiday in france

We had great fun with riveting, byzantine weave earrings, fold forming and sawing and a whole set of dangle rings.Handmade crocodile silver pendant la vidalerie jewellery making workshops students work
And this is Laura’s fabulous crocodile pendant – drawn then sawn from silver sheet, textured and riveted.

Carolyn & Vicki – Mother & Daughter Break – July 2014
This was Carolyn & Vicky’s 2nd mother & daughter visit to La Vidalerie. Vicky has been silversmithing for about 3 years and Carolyn is a relative beginner. This time they wanted to explore more silversmithing, glass fusing, etching and rivetingmother & daughter craft holiday jewellery making in france la vidalerieNight Market St Geniez d'Olt

It’s amazing how many techniques we used and the number of pieces they made – and we even had time to visit the night market at our local village St Geniez d’Olt and enjoy the fireworks (the night markets are run every other week in the season and the fireworks once or twice a year – both great fun and very French !

Jean & Joan – Wonderful Week of Jewellery – July 2014
It was Jean’s 2nd visit to La Vidalerie and she had booked a 3 day workshop but by Friday decided that 3 days just wasn’t enough and extended her stay – we were really pleased to see her again and glad to have the extra time.  Joan wanted to expand her jewellery making to include stone setting and we all spent the week  silversmithing, stone setting, fold forming, riveting, glass fusing and etching.wonderful week of jewellery
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The music school was performing at the night market making the evening perfect.

Toral – Wonderful Week of Jewellery – August 2014
Toral came all the way from Jamaica via Canada for a week of jewellery making. She wanted to explore ways of using sea glass and to learn new jewellery making techniques. We had a great time with silversmithing, riveting, stringing and drilling glass and here are some of her wonderful creations. jewellery making holiday in France la Vidalerie

Toral came for the jewellery making but took some wonderful photos whilst she was here – La Vidalerie and the beautiful countryside around us  – please click on the photo to see the rest of this album.
Beautiful aveyron
she reminded us why we came to the Aveyron – Thank you Toral !

A Lampshade Dog !
Poor Choo Choo, he’s walking around bumping into things at the moment due to the lampshade he’s having to wear following his little operation to stop him making more little Choo Choos – The good news is the lampshade comes off soon and in the meantime he isn’t letting it stop him running around the garden and enjoying his walks.
Lhasa Apso

We’re trying to convince him that all the best dogs are wearing them but I think the cats are making fun of him – darn ginges !

 

 

 

 

Day 29 – More Etching !

The time between running workshops is great for catching up.

Handmade etched copper carpe diem faith hakuna matata
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Etched Copper bracelet bars

Etched Copper

I had promised to make these for Trudi, a great lampwork artist (you can see her work in her Etsy store Glitteringprize).

I draw the designs free hand then photograph them and transfer the images to the computer so I can print them on to special paper (PNP paper) in reverse (this has to be done on a laser printer or photo copier using toner).  The image is transfered onto the copper using a hot iron.  I use the salt water etching method to etch the design into the copper – I like the rustic effect this etching has.  The bars are then filed, sanded, polished and liver of sulphured (to give them this lovely soft aged look).

These are bracelet bars and can be used with beads, silk (simply thread the silk through the holes and wrap around your wrist), chain etc to make a bracelet.

They are also available with a larger hole and toggle bar as a toggle clasp (this shows one made up)handmade etched copper bracelet

Etched copper toggle clasp

Or with just one hole and a jump ring (have a look at the Carpe Diem one in the front of the first photo)

At the moment the designs are:-
Carpe Diem (2 designs)
Faith (2 designs)
Dream
Breathe
Hakuna Matata
No Matter

They will eventually make their way onto my website but please contact me if you would like one sooner.  Due to the making process each one will be unique.

Prices
Bracelet Bars – £7
Toggle Clasps – £8
Pendants – £7

Days 14 – 17 and Another GiveAway or Two !

Well things just got away from me this week so I’m a little behind with my challenge.  The last week’s workshop was a little hectic with lots of wonderful jewellery being made.

Jewellery making workshop photo

Just some of Evelyn, Rebecca and Aileen’s work

I’ll be posting more photos of their jewellery on our FaceBook page during the week – http://www.facebook.com/la.vidalerie.jewellery.making.holidays

Day 14 Jewellery Making Challenge
One of the days workshops projects was wire rings, as well as making aluminium swirl rings and wrapped bead rings we planned and made a copper and bead ring ring based on an ancient design – this is the one I made.
Ancient bead ring design
This is a fun ring to make, we used 1.6mm copper wire and a bead that was about the same width as your finger which was wired to the ring with 0.8mm wire.  Don’t you just love olive coloured glass ?

Day 15 Jewellery Making Challenge
Aileen joined Evelyn and Rebecca for a noisy day of fold forming, riveting & wrapped sea glass pendants.  Lots of hammering resulted in some fabulous silver & copper fold formed earrings and we made copper bangles with handmade silver rivets (the students made and added lots of stamped copper charms to theirs).

Handmade Riveted copper bangle

Riveted Copper Bangle

I have these in copper and bronze for sale on my website – just click on the photo above.  We finished the day with wire wrapped sea glass pendants – you can see one of these in the composite picture at the top of today’s post.

Day 16 Jewellery Making Challenge & a GiveAway
Today was the day we said goodbye to Evelyn and Rebecca and took them into Rodez for their connections.  Rebecca’s flight was in the afternoon giving us chance to visit the bead shop, I bought some ceramic beads and made this when I got home.

Silk & ceramic wrap bracelet

Silk & Ceramic Wrap Bracelet

I took a large ceramic flower bead, tied a large knot in a lovely deep pink silk thong and threaded the thong through the flower then knotted these lovely pink and white beads to the ends of the silk.  I made some silver balled end head pins and made some Swarovski bicone dangles which I put onto silver jump rings and knotted in place onto the silk to add a bit of sparkle.  You just wrap the silk around your wrist and either tie or tuck the ends in – lovely colours just in time for summer !  
GIVEAWAY DRAW – 
Just add a comment to this post to be included in the draw – make sure you put “wrap” at the beginning of your comment so I know which draw you are entering.

Day 17 Jewellery Making Challenge & Another GiveAway
Today’s make was a quickie, a message from one of our students reminded me that I had some 0.8mm sterling silver beaded wire (this is silver wire that looks like it has lots of round beads threaded on to it but is actually solid wire).  As you may know ear wires should be made out of 0.8 wire and I wondered if this beaded wire might make some interesting hoops – and here they are.

tiny silver handmade hoops

Tiny Daisy Hoops

These are tiny hoops, about 1.5cm across, I just made a small loop at one end of the wire, rubbed down the other end (so it doesn’t scratch your ear) and made a small bend then roughly made the wire into a circle and slipped then bend into the loop and pulled the hoop over my ring stick and gently hammered (whilst avoiding the loop and bend) to make the hoops harder.  The daisies are made from little silver spacers (sometimes called snowflake spacers) which I hammered a little flatter and suddenly they looked like daisies.

The hoops are a little soft (after all the beaded wire is less than 0.8 between the “beads”) but very cute.
GIVEAWAY DRAW –  If you would like to win a pair just add your comment to the bottom of this post  – make sure you put “hoop” at the beginning of your comment so I know which draw you are entering (please feel free to enter both).

Draws end midnight Monday (19th May), hopefully I will be on time with tomorrows post 😉

 

Day 12 – Wrist Wish – Infinity

Yesterday was a silversmithing soldering taster day and it gave me a chance to make an Infinity Wrist Wish bracelet

handmade silver infinity bracelet gift card

Sterling Silver Wrist Wish – Infinity

Cute little handmade sterling silver infinity symbol on Irish linen – it comes on a kraft card  ready for you to send – These will be £10 each for a limited period so if you’d like one just contact me.  This one is going to Cathy who was due to join us on Monday for our Fold Forming & Riveting workshop but has had to cancel at the last minute due to an accident, it will let her know we’re thinking of her.

Workshop Update – Evelyn and Rebecca spent the day making a set of silver stacker rings and some really nice silver studs – I’ll post the photos at the end of the week.

Don’t forget to have a look at Day 10 and enter our GiveAway Draw !

May Make Challenge Day 2 – Bracelet Kit & Etching Class

Yesterday I put together this Dream bracelet using a bracelet bar I had previously designed and etched

artisan etched copper bracelet handmade etched copper turquoise and leather bracelet

etched bracelet

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etched copper bracelet kit artisan turquoise leather

I’ve been playing with this design for a while now, it’s such an easy bracelet to wear with the turquoise adding interest and the leather nice an comfy.  It’s not on the website yet but if you want to buy you can email me via the contact form further down.

The bracelet made up is £19, just the copper bar £5 and the materials kit with bracelet bar (no instructions) £10, I’ve also got a similar design with BREATHE.

Workshop Update
Yesterday, Jo and Mel did a bit more glass fusing, Mel making a new pendant and Jo grinding a fire polishing a couple of pieces from the day before that needed  a little work but most of the day was super creative with lots of salt water etching (they made some really amazing designs) and fun with the rolling mill – I’ll post the photos on Tuesday.  Today they are out and about visiting the a Knight Templar village and experiencing the tallest bridge in the world at Millau.